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Harbord Village, from deep time to the present: lively, diverse, sometimes rancorous, evolving

By Richard Longley


Friday, May 6



Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Arts & Architecture, History & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, 

Accessibility: Speaker or Amplification, Wheelchair-friendly, Busy Sidewalks.

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25 people maximum. 

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West along College Street, past the Alexandrina block, Kensington Market and "North America's greenest hostel" to a visit, with Minister Maggie Helwig, at the Church of St Stephen in the Fields (1858) with its recently restored stained glass windows.


From Hose Station No 8 up Brunswick Avenue into Harbord Village Heritage Conservation District: The Doctors' Parkette, product of a design competition which drew 27 entries from 8 countries, the former home of Meghan Markle, before she became Duchess of Sussex, memories of Albert Jackson, Toronto's first Black mail carrier, the TRANZAC Club, the Brunswick House (that's looking for a new owner).


East, past the resting place for millions of years of the now exiled Major Street erratic, to Robert Street with memories of the struggle for "responsible government" in Canada, and, around the corner, Russell Street, named for Lt Governor Simcoe's slave-owning deputy.


Final steps take us past spectacular midcentury modern Lord Lansdowne School, Knox College that is now the Daniels School of Architecture and the bizarre history of the Scott Mission.


  • Walk Start Location: South West corner College at Spadina. Walk leader will be male, white hair, carrying a megaphone, dressed for weather of the day

  • Nearest Public Transit: College, Spadina streetcars, Spadina subway

  • Walk End Location: South West corner College at Spadina (near Kensington Market cafes)

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